Dry skin care
Dry skin care
Dry skin can be caused by under active sebaceous glands, drying weather conditions, air-conditioning and a poor diet.
● Ensure that you get enough essential fatty acids in your diet by using olive or flax seed oil in your salad dressings.
● Try to cut down, or even cut out, your intake of fast foods.
● Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vege- tables, and avoid eating processed foods as much as you can.
● Take vitamins A and D in the form of fish liver oil, fresh carrot juice and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in supplement form.
● Look after your skin by using the following natural ingredients in masks, washes, poultices or steam treatments: avocado (revitalises), carrot (moisturises; a good source of the ‘skin vitamins’ A and E), grapes (encourage cell renewal and brighten the complexion) and peach (soothing and anti-inflammatory).
● Use a rich cream on your face night and day. Look for ingredients that are particularly nourishing and soothing, such as vitamin E and evening primrose oil.
● After a hot bath or shower, apply moisturiser all over your body.
● Avoid any skin products that contain alcohol, because it has a very drying effect.
● Try applying aromatherapy oils such as geranium, chamomile, rose and sandalwood.They can help soothe overly dry skin.